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Heart Of Darkness

Heart Of Darkness

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astroknight's ratings for Heart Of Darkness:
Overall Rating 3 stars
Heart Of Darkness overall rating 3 stars
Female Looks Heart Of Darkness Female looks rating 4 stars
Male Looks Heart Of Darkness Male looks rating 4 stars
Sex Heart Of Darkness Sex rating 2.5 stars
Plot/Acting Heart Of Darkness Plot/Acting rating 4.5 stars
Extras Heart Of Darkness DVD Extras rating 3 stars
Audio/Video Quality Heart Of Darkness A/V Quality rating 4 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  6/26/2004

The Little Details

Running Time: 79 min.

Production Date: 8 / 20 / 2002

Director: Paul Thomas

Cast: Sunrise Adams, Sophie Evans, Dru Berrymore, Nakita Ka$h, Jordan Haze, Crystal Carter, Cameron, Ava Vincent, Jeremy Steele, Mickey G., Rafe, Randy Spears, Steven French, and Ashley Moore in a non-sex role

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: Paul Thomas has been fairly hit or miss for me, and due to Vivid’s treatment of their DVDs I can’t get too excited for any of them.

Initial Reaction: It’s well done as a movie, but sexually it leaves plenty to be desired.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody who wishes they could see porn from the early eighties with the stars of today, fans of Randy Spears

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody looking for pure and simple whacking material

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: Heart of Darkness was shot on film, which is much more difficult to work with than video. The audio is very nicely done. It’s clear, free of interfering background noises, and has a very nice balance. The only problem with the audio is during Jordan’s scene as it doesn’t come close to synching with the video for most of it. The video is also done pretty well. As the movie was shot on film there’s a bit of grain, but it rarely interferes with the presentation of the movie. It’s obvious that somebody put the money and care needed to make film look right into it, as it’s also nicely lit.

Music: The music is nicely done. It varies in both style and balance, and really helps out many of the scenes.

Disc Complaints: As usual with Vivid’s movies, you’re subjected to commercials before you get to the main menu. You can scan through them, but there’s no way you can skip them. I have yet to hear anybody who’s happy when they find this on a DVD, and it always pisses me off and starts the DVD off a little lower for me.

Menus: The menus are pretty good, once you can get past all the crap you have to go through before them. The main menu has some nice animation that makes a pretty good first impression. The chapter menu is pretty standard, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for the scene. Vivid has also ripped off Evil Angel’s fetish menu and called it a positions room, which lets you jump directly to specific positions or sex acts such as pussy eating, doggie, or cumshots.

The Feature

Randy Spears is at a crossroads in his life. He owns a very successful club, loves his wife, and has just found out that she’s pregnant with his child. He’s also a complete sex addict. He doesn’t just want it, he needs it and craves it. He knows his addiction is going to come crashing down on his ideal life, and wants to change before it does. The problem is going from wanting to change to actually changing, and he’s not sure he can.

Scene 1 - Sunrise Adams and Randy Spears

Sunrise starts out her worknight getting it on with Randy. She crawls into the booth where he’s trying to work, kisses him, and crawls onto his lap to cut his meeting short before they head for a back room. Randy goes right to work tonguing and fingering her bald beaver before letting her return the favor with her own oral skills. Randy moves on to fuck her from behind and to let her ride him reverse cowgirl style. Sunrise gets down to suck Randy a bit until he blasts a creamy load across her face and into her mouth.

This is a hot scene which could have been better with a minor change or two. A few more minutes in the movie and scene would make all the difference. It would allow for positions changes would be great. I don’t think this scene lasts five minutes, and there’s plenty of heat and energy to the scene. With a couple positions changes to show that it’s just a quickie this scene would have really strengthened it. Instead, it’s edited together so quickly and choppy that it feels like you’re missing something as a viewer.

Scene 2 - Dru Berrymore and Randy Spears

Dru gives Randy a quickie next. She starts out sucking his cock and wants to go upstairs for the full treatment, but Randy just wants to be finished off so he can get back to the club. Dru quietly sucks him until he gives her a nice and creamy pop on her tongue.

This is just as short of a scene, but works much better. It’s laid out right away that it’s going to just be a quickie, so it only lasting a few minutes works for it. It’s also helped out by Dru’s normal great oral skills and some nice camera work. This is a pretty good oral scene.

Scene 3 - Sophie Evans, Nakita Ka$h, and Randy Spears

Sophie and Nakita get it on after Randy hires them. They slowly strip down as they kiss, with Sophie taking the lead as Randy sits back in a chair and jerks off. Nakita lays back so Sophie can eat her, and then lets Sophie stand above her while she munches her. They also get in a little foot action and fuck each other with dildos. Nakita breaks out a strap-on to fuck Sophie’s ass, and even fucks her own ass with a toy at the same time. After getting a nice stretch, Sophie moves over to suck Randy a bit. Unfortunately, they’re interrupted causing the scene to end before he pops.

This is a nicely done scene, and probably the best in the entire movie. As usual it’s short and choppy, but its artistic feel works very well for it. It starts out looking like a porn music video, complete with the girls looking like they’re singing the lyrics to the song. Despite its style, there’s some nice chemistry and heat between the girls, and I couldn’t help but be bummed out when things didn’t go any further with Sophie. This is a pretty hot scene.

Scene 4 - Dru Berrymore and Randy Spears

Dru and Randy start things out talking about Randy’s sexual problems before Dru starts fucking her ass with a large toy. She knows he wants it, and lets him come get it from her for ‘one last time’. She lets him eat her pussy while she laughs at him, and then leaves him.

This is a decent scene. As usual it’s so short that if you blink you might miss it, but it works well for some of Randy’s character development. Dru looks darn hot, as usual, and does a great job of making this a wicked tease. Once again I would have liked for it to go on longer, but it still works well as is.

Scene 5 - Dru Berrymore and Mickey G.

Dru lets Randy watch her take care of a client at his next visit. She flogs a hooded Mickey before getting down to suck his cock and moving off to fuck a dildo while teasing him. It’s just what Mickey needs to get going as he moves on to fuck her from behind in each of her holes before popping on her ass.

This scene didn’t quite work for me. It’s so rushed that nothing seemed to have a chance to build in it. Dru definitely does a great job with this type of scene, so this one, although okay for its length, didn’t impress me.

Scene 6 - Crystal Carter and Randy Spears

Randy heads back to prostitute alley to get it on with Crystal. After a little small talk Crystal drops down to mouth his manhood. She isn’t afraid to let her hands help her out, and finishes Randy off letting him pop on her nice rack.

This is another okay scene. As usual it’s so short that it doesn’t really have time to build anything up. Crystal does a nice job sucking cock, and I can’t help but wish that she had the time here to really show what she can do.

Scene 7 - Sunrise Adams and Rafe

Sunrise and Rafe get it busy on the kitchen table after having a little fight. He tongues her holes as she lays back on the table and then changes places with her so that Sunrise can suck his schlong. Sunrise lets Rafe take her from behind as well as riding him cowgirl style, and letting him pile drive her. Finally, Rafe gives Sunrise a nice little pop on her nice little tits as she smiles up at him.

This is a pretty typical scene. Sunrise and Rafe both put some nice energy and chemistry into the scene, but the length and editing don’t let it build up to too much. It’s a little above average at best.

Scene 8 - Crystal Carter and Randy Spears

When Crystal finds Randy at his club, they realize they have the same desires and decide to get it on. Crystal energetically sucks Randy’s schlong before letting him bury it in her from behind. Crystal also rides him reverse cowgirl style before letting him work on each of her holes missionary style and sucking him to a facial.

This is a pretty good scene. Crystal and Randy seem to be into each other very well, and both put plenty of energy into the scene. They make the scene worthwhile, but I can’t help but wonder how great this scene could have been if it was done with a little time to let things build between them.

Scene 9 - Jordan Haze and Randy Spears

Big tittied blonde Jordan gets it on with Randy for a little phone sex. She puts Randy on speakerphone so she can use both hands, while Randy sits on the toilet at the other end of the phone stroking it. Jordan quickly breaks out a silver vibe and slides it between her tits. She tells Randy how she’s moving it down and fucking her pussy with it before moving up to a jelly dong. Things come to an end, however, when Ava hears Randy on the phone.

This is a nice tease of a masturbation sequence. Jordan looks great and really seems to get into the masturbation. As usual, this scene makes me want to see something else with the star where the director isn’t afraid to let her shine.

Scene 10 - Ava Vincent and Randy Spears

Randy gets it on with Ava in the next scene. Things start out with Ava bent over the counter and Randy pounding her from behind rather than bothering with foreplay to let them build a little sexual chemistry. When Ava wants it hard and nasty, however, Randy won’t have a part of it and runs off.

This is a sad scene. Ava is fantastic, and I can’t help but think that this could have been a great scene if it had the time for Ava to work up to being nasty from being soft and sweet. I know this segment adds a bit to the plot, but all it ended up doing was pissing me off.

Scene 10 - Cameron and Randy Spears

After looking for the right woman all night, Randy finally finds Cameron. They exchange oral favors very briefly before Cameron lets Randy take her in a few common positions including a little cowgirl. Finally, Cameron teases Randy with her ass until he jerks himself onto it.

This is almost an okay scene. It’s much more complete than the others, but so short that it doesn’t feel like much of anything. Cameron looks great and has a slight nastiness about her that fits her character well and all, but the scene is so quick that about the time the brain has a chance to redirect a bit of blood the scene’s done.

Heart of Darkness is a pretty good movie which should have been great. I can’t help but think of it as an example of why film should be pretty much dumped as a medium for porn unless a company is really willing to go all the way. Heart of Darkness does a lot of things right. The story is pretty good, but there are still a few big plot holes one would associate with porn. Randy Spears is fantastic in his role, and does a great job of driving the movie. He shows that he’s a real actor here rather than just being a porn star, and Ava Vincent and Dru Berrymore do just as good of a job. Unfortunately, film and the costs that go with this hold the movie back from allowing me to say much more that’s really good about this one.

If Heart of Darkness had another hour to develop itself, it could be a really great adult movie. As is, almost everything things rushed and cramped. The only thing which really develops here is the relationship and storyline between Randy and Crystal, while covergirl Sunrise almost seems like an afterthought despite some great potential for a secondary storyline. The same can be said for the relationship between Ava and Randy. Ava does a fantastic job as an actress here, and I was really looking forward to seeing her in action here. Instead I got to be pissed off because I don’t think she has three minutes of action in the entire movie sexually! This is a fairly plot heavy movie, and I’m not sure that the average scene lasts more than five minutes, which is really sad. The cast here has some definite talent, both as sexual as well as non-sex performers, yet they only seem to get a chance to show one side here (and it’s not the side people normally watch this type of movie for). There are several new formats out right now which look almost indistinguishable from film, and which I think could have made Heart of Darkness at a much lower cost than what it did due to the use of film. Better yet, for roughly the same cost it probably could have let Heart of Darkness become what it should be.

Paul Thomas has a bit of the right idea here with Heart of Darkness. A lot of people, especially couples, would like a bit of a story to go with their porn and there are also a lot of fans who wish they still made pornos like they did twenty years ago. This movie does have a lot of feel of that style of movie, but it doesn’t quite get there despite having a terrific and talented cast. The bigger problem is that it looks like Thomas has thrown out everything that happened with adult films since then. There was a lot of potential for a couple of long and dirty scenes which would have really strengthened the movie, but instead I’m not sure if the longest scene lasts a full seven minutes. As it stands, Heart of Darkness left me just as disappointed as it did impressed, and I can’t help but blame Paul Thomas’ ego and his use of film for it.

The Extra Stuff

As usual, Vivid has put some decent effort into extras. You have plenty of chances to check out more of what Vivid has to offer. Trailers are included for 5 Star Tia Bella, Photo Club, Inside in the Mind of Chloe Jones, and All Star Teens. There’s also several bonus scenes included, such as Sunrise Adams with Dee from Bo Edwards’ Filthy Rich, with Savanna Samson and Dillion R in Chi Chi La Rue’s Savanna Scores, and with Eric Masterson in David Stanley’s Tricks. There’s also a bonus scene between Taylor St. Claire and Steven St. Croix from Paul Thomas’ Looking In and a scene between Dru Berrymore and Rafe from Chi Chi La Rue’s Taya’s Tales. They’re nice scenes, but I couldn’t help but feel that they weren’t quite all there as they started out with the people in the act. On the other hand, Vivid shows some nice knowledge here by letting the viewer know who’s in each scene, where it’s from, and who directed it so that they can hopefully pick up the entire movie on their own.

There’s also many of the usual extras you expect. Yes, there’s plenty of crappy commercials, and if you accidently select one while going through the extras you’re forced to sit through it rather than be able to easily go back to a menu to make another selection. There’s also a couple photo galleries. First there’s a gallery for Sunrise which lasts just over two minutes with about twelve seconds per very nice looking framed photo. There’s also a movie gallery which lasts just over a minute with roughly twelve seconds per nice looking framed photo. Additionally, there are multiple angles which aren’t plentiful but which do appear to be real.

Finally, there’s a behind the scenes featurette. Rather than concentration on the cast between shoots and getting a few interviews with them, it seems more intent on showing clips of the movie. There’s a small interviews, but out of the seven and a half minutes this featurette lasts I think roughly five of it is clips from the movie. The best thing about it is about a minute of clips of the scenes being cast. This featurette is next to worthless, and although I enjoyed the casting segment I don’t think I’d recommend even the most diehard fans of this movie watch anything but that segment here.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, oral, masturbation, lesbian, toys, anal, voyeurism, and rimming (male > female)

Raincoat Factor: Medium low

Condom Usage: 100%

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many of Vivid’s bigger DVDs can be found online for between about $13 and $30 with most stores offering them for around $20. Rent this one before you buy it unless you’re a fan of Paul Thomas’ style. It’s a pretty well done movie except for sexually, which makes me think that many people will be disappointed with it if they haven’t seen any of Paul Thomas’ other movies and that it might not have much replay value for many people. There is a little effort put into the extras, and the film is treated nicely.

Note to Vivid: You have a great start here, but I don’t think I’m alone in barely considering this one porn. Also, dump the forced commercials at the start of the DVDs. You show some nice knowledge, but it’s time to remember a bit of the basics.

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